Are you ready to get your first piercing, but unsure where to go, or who to trust?
The best things to do is A) Your homework, and B) Trust your instincts.
If you go into a studio and it smells bad, then the odds are the place is just plain dirty and you should walk away. If it looks and smells like a hospital then you may be in the right place. A body piercing is a medical procedure, so be sure to treat it as such.
- Check the studios licensing
- Check the year the studio opened
- Check the Piercers licensing
- Make sure that the licensed Piercer is the one that you will be having do the work.
- Check to see if both the studio and the Piercer are members in good standing of the APP ( Association of Professional Piercers ). It is not mandatory but personally I do not know of any “Professional” Piercers that are not.
- Ask the Piercer if he or she has a portfolio of the piercings they have done, if so then look at it. If the photos look good to you, and there are a lot, then odds are they have been doing this for a while (especially if they dated the photos). The portfolio is not something that you will always find, but it is another clue to look for.
Once you think that you have found a safe place to get your first piercing, then if you are ready the first thing that you should do is Ask Questions both BEFORE the piercing and then again after. Like Aftercare procedures. You should have them both explained to you and receive them in writing. If they do not have them already preprinted to give to you to leave with, Walk Out.
Find out the Gauge and Size of the Jewelry that is being inserted. This is for a few reasons,
- Because you should have an idea of the gauge and size if you did your homework, so that you know it is being done properly.
- You need to know what it is, so that you can properly purchase jewelry in the future.
- Make sure that you Write Them Down. You will get very nervous and forget everything that they have told you by the time they are done.
Naturally you need to make sure that they are using sterile instruments on you. They should be either Disposable tools or Autoclaved and packaged, and therefore they should have an autoclave on the premises. They should open the needle in front of you to show you that it was sterile.
The rest is now up to you to keep you piercing clean and free of germs and infections by following the directions that they told you and gave to you. We have aftercare solution that are made just for this and are very popular with Professional Piercers.
Be diligent and use common sense and you should have Good Luck with your new piercing.